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About the Author
Dr. Alden Cass, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and performance coach for competitiveexecutives, athletes, and musicians. He is President and Chief Consultant of Catalyst Strategies Group, a team of psychologists specializing in coaching financial services executives and individuals performing under stressful job conditions. Dr. Cass conducted the nation's first clinical investigation in twenty-five years on the mental health of stockbrokers. He also writes a Web column for Trader Monthly magazine and TheStreet.com, and is a bimonthly columnist for On Wall Street magazine.
Dr. Brian F. Shaw, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and public health science, a clinical psychologist,and one of the originators of applied cognitive-behavioral therapy. He is the coauthor of Addiction and Recovery For Dummies (Wiley) and Cognitive Therapy of Depression, and the principal of BFS Consulting, a sports and entertainment consulting firm based in Toronto, Canada.
SYDNEY LeBLANC is a thirty-year financial services industry veteran, journalist, publisher, and author, as well as a codirector of The Fisher LeBlanc Group.
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Table of Contents
About the Authors xv
Chapter 1 The Hard Issues on Your Desk 5
Chapter 2 Emotional Issues 11
Chapter 3 Bullish Thinking 27
Chapter 4 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall 49
Chapter 5 Plight of the Wholesaler 61
Chapter 6 Do You Know Your Mindset? 71
Chapter 7 The 10 Investor Styles 81
Chapter 8 Getting What You Want and Need from Others 99
Chapter 9 Family Therapy for Advisors 115
Chapter 10 Gender Challenges on the Street 131
Chapter 11 You Are Not Alone 141
Appendix A Dr. Alden Cass’s Landmark
Research Study 151
Appendix B Bad Medicine for Wall Street 167
Recommended Readings and Resources 179
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a thoughtful and helpful guide for anyone plagued by negative thoughts and a stressful work environment. It teaches effective techniques for dealing with others, as well as ones' self, to have a more succuessful and happy life. Highly recommended.
As a professional in a large bureaucracy in which one must answer to various constituencies, I found Bullish Thinking to be a very helpful resource to aid in conflict resolution and stress reduction. I especially benefited from the cogent views and strategies expressed in the chapters dealing with emotional issues, mindset and getting what you want and need from others. Doctors Alden Cass and Brian Shaw have put together a robust and meaningful treatise for all organization professionals.
Bullish thinking is a must read for anyone in the business world.Eventhough it is penned towards persons toiling in the financial arena, it should be a primer for any business professional.This thin red book is chockful of superb advice and calming strategies for anyone stressed out in sales.It is insightful,direct,and totally honest.It is an invaluable tool for persons dealing with job related stress,and difficult personal situations.A terrific read for managers and associates alike. Dr.Cass and his team provide positive therapeutic models for corporate managers,and business individuals craving the path toward total professional and personal success in life.Wow!
Legal Dan I am not a broker or trader. In fact I don¿t work on Wall Street at all. Regardless, my job is extremely stressful and my work hours, extremely long. I am a corporate litigator and was emailed a blurb about this book from one of my buddies on Wall Street. I was having a tough time managing my anger at work when unpredictable things happened during one of my hearings or throughout the course of a case. I would fly off the handle at my colleagues and my wife. The Channeled Rage section of this book helped me gain control over the powerful emotion of anger. Now I no longer feel lethal with my anger. The Bullish Thinking section is also good for helping me focus on the crazy thoughts that often precede my anger and frustration. I guess there is hope for me after all. My message is that Law is just as stressful as Wall Street and anyone working in this job should read this. If you have ever seen the inside of a court room you would see that there are many angry lawyers out there!
In my 14 years as a financial advisor on Wall Street, I've seen almost everything there is to see. Nothing shocks me anymore and I have become weathered by the ups and downs of the markets. I'm good at what I do for others financially, but I'm terrible about helping myself. I work with a guy who actually goes to see Dr. Cass and he recommended this book to me. As jaded and cynical as I have become, I initially thought that psychologists could never understand my daily job description or my stresses. Boy was I wrong! It was scary to read about some of the case studies because it felt like the writers were talking about me and my life! So much so that I actually sat down with my wife to show her the section on the Iceman so she could better understand me. There wasn't a lot of psychobabble and the Bullish Thinking strategies that are offered seemed doable at work and at home. It's rare for me to be impressed with a book, but this one seems to offer me value. Lessons about how to live my life better and how to make more money at the same time. Kind of like a perfect world! Great read, quick and easy. No BS and these psychologists don't seem fake like so many we hear about.